Indigestion (also called dyspepsia) is pain or discomfort in the upper part of your stomach, which feels like burning, heaviness or aching. It usually happens during or after eating. You might feel full sooner than you expect, bloated, less hungry, burp more, feel like you might be sick or even vomit. It can happen occasionally, for a few days of week or for some people every day.
Indigestion is common. It’s uncomfortable but not serious and you can usually treat it at home with the help of your pharmacist.
Some people with indigestion also get heartburn (gastro-eosophageal reflux disease or GORD). Heartburn is caused by acid from the stomach rising up into your food pipe (oesophagus) in your chest. It feels exactly like it’s name – burning in your chest, sometimes with an acid taste in your mouth.
|Could it be a heart attack?
|Some heart attacks are sudden and intense but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild chest pain or discomfort that can be easily mistaken for indigestion. Read more about signs of heart attack.